JSCNC Newsletter

A Publication of Jain Study Center of North Carolina

509 Carriage Woods Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607 U.S.A.


A tax-exempt, non-profit religious organization. Federal Tax-exempt ID (USA): 56-1305715

Jan 2016

2016 Executive Committee


Mr. Pritesh Shah

(919) 786-1377


Vice President

Mrs. Vaishali Shah

(919) 802-4547



Mr. Sanjay Shah

(919) 467-9884



Mr. Bhairav Shah

(919) 845-9593


Food Coordinator

Mrs. Nisha Mehta

(919) 303-4456


Jain Pathshala


Mrs. Rita Lodaya

(919) 240-5564




Ms. Rupal Vora

(515) 991-3008


Youth Coordinators / Pathshala Teachers

Mrs. Rita Lodaya

(919) 240-5564


Mrs. Sejal Shah

(919) 845-9593


Mrs. Shweta Shah

(919) 678-9475




Hindu Center


Mr. Pravin Shah

(919) 859-4994


Mr. Pritesh Shah

(919) 786-1377


Mr. Harshad Shah

(919) 341-8894

Special Projects

Special Projects

Board Advisor

Mr. Kamlesh Shah

Religious Programs

Mr. Pravin Shah

Mr. Paresh Gondalia


Mr. Pritesh Shah

Annual Camp

Mr. Kamlesh Shah

Editor’s Corner

Jai Jinendra,

A new year is always accompanied by new goals and new expectations.

To that ... May the “force” within you “awaken” and allow you to achieve the peaks of your goals and aspirations!




Bhairav Shah

(Secretary, JSCNC)

Inside This Issue

  1. Message from the President
  2. Monthly Meeting
  3. Announcements
  4. Upcoming Activities
  5. Pathshala Corner
  6. Supporting our Center

1. Message from the President

First of all, I wish you and your family a Happy, Healthy, Spiritual and Prosperous New Year! It is my great pleasure to greet you as the president of JSCNC family. Hope everyone enjoyed this wonderful winter holidays.

As we start our new year, I would like to thank our outgoing members of the executive committee, Anand Shah (President), Pratyush (Badal) Mehta (Treasurer) and Neha Mehta (Food Coordinator) for their outstanding contribution and excellent leadership for making our community stronger! I also want to thank our existing committee members Bhairav Shah (Secretary), Ritaben Lodaya (Pathshala Director), Rupal Vora (Youth/Outreach Director) and Pathshala Teachers Sejal Shah and  Shweta Shah for their continued contribution and support for our center. I take this opportunity to welcome our new committee members; Vaishali Shah (Vice President), Sanjay Shah (Treasurer) and Nisha Mehta (Food Coordinator). Please take a moment to congratulate the committee members when you see them next time.

Gerald Ford once said, “Coming together is the beginning, staying together is progress and working together is success”. I want to thank each of you along with my committee for showing your passion, generosity, openness and cooperation year after year.  As this Executive Committee takes on the responsibility for year 2016, our main objective is to enhance and promote Jain teachings and principals and build a strong foundation and faith in our future generations in order to accept Jainism as a way of life.

One last point, I sincerely encourage the parents of young children to make sure their kids attend pathshala regularly. I can say this from my personal experience that learning Jainism in Pathshala along with other kids was one of the most important part of our daughters’ upbringing and we are glad that they were involved in the early phase of their lives.

I take this opportunity to thank the founding members, past Executive Committee members and all, for their hard work in making JSCNC what it is today and hope that I, together with the Executive Committee, can do the same to promote Bhagvan Mahavir’s teachings.

 2. Monthly Meeting

The community holds its monthly meetings at the Hindu Temple in Morrisville, NC.  We invite everyone to attend the monthly meetings.

For planning purposes, Please inform our Food Coordinator, Mrs. Nisha Mehta, if:

a) You are not a regular attendee of the monthly meetings, but *are* planning to attend  … OR …

b) You are a regular attendee of the monthly meetings, but are *not* planning to attend

Monthly Meeting Format

10:45 am


11:00 am

Administrative/Committee Announcements

11:15 am

Adult Discourse/Discussion

12:30 pm

Item(s) / Presentation(s) by Pathshala children

12:45 pm


01:00 pm


Pathshala Format

10:45 am

Kids drop-off to new location

11:00 am

Pathshala starts

12:15 pm

Pathshala ends and pickup


Sunday, Jan 17

Discourse Topic
“Hoon kaun chu? (Who am I?)”

Part 2 (from December)

“Dr. Ramnik Zota”

3. Announcements

New Committee for 2016

The new committee for 2016 is now in effect.  Please refer to the table on the first page of this newsletter for the list of officers.  And as Pritesh Shah, the new president put it, “Please take a moment to congratulate the committee members”, who have committed their personal time to support the community.

Food Table
Please continue to refer to the below link for your assignments.


Please note the January and February Tithis shown in the table.  Please ensure proper rules are followed and contact the Food Coordinator, Nisha Mehta, for any clarifications or concerns.

Weekly Swadhyay

As a reminder, weekly Swadhyays are now held at Dr. Ramnikbhai and Lataben Zota’s residence.

Day/Time - Tuesdays, 5:15 PM to 6:45 PM

Place - Lata and Ramnik Zota's residence

604 Tranquil Sound Dr, Cary, NC 27519

Contact - Harshad Shah - (919) 341 8894

                  Dr. Ramnik Zota -  (919) 467 2186

Weekly Mahavir Puja

Every Saturday, a Mahavir Puja is performed at the Hindu Temple.  Volunteers sign up to perform this Puja, and are assigned specific Saturdays.

The Puja is very simple and takes less than one hour.  It is a great way to teach and prepare children with this important ritual, so that they find confidence in performing it during daily routine, special occasions or even pilgrimages in India.  Children will learn how to perform the kesar Puja and all aspects of Asht prakari Puja.

Mrs. Rekha Banker, who coordinates weekly Puja, will be happy to demonstrate in person, and has several books with illustrations to help.  If you are interested, please contact her at rekla78@gmail.com.

4. Upcoming Activities

Please visit http://www.jscnc.org and click Events. The calendar has the most up-to-date listing of all confirmed activities for the year.  All the tithis (Lunar Days) are also posted on the online calendar.  Here is a list of some key dates:





Weekly Swadhyay (Tuesdays)

5:15 pm

Zota Residence

Mr. Harshadbhai Shah

Weekly Mahavir Puja (Saturdays)

10 am

HSNC Temple

Mrs. Rekhaben Banker

5. Pathshala Corner

Pathshala Registration for 2016

The Pathshala mandatory registration period is now over.  Please contact Pathshala teachers at the email below for any questions or issues.

Pathshala Time and Location

As of May 3rd, students have been going to a new location that is quite close to the Temple.  Parents will have to drop their kids to the new location and revert back to the Temple to join into the adult discourse.  To help you plan the drop-off and pickup, please note the meeting and pathshala schedules in the Monthly Meeting section.

New Location: 4000 Bear Cat Way, Suite 104, Morrisville, NC 27560
New Time: Classes will be held from 11 am to 12:30 pm on both Sundays (first and third).

The Pathshala teachers can be reached at JSCNCpathshala@gmail.com.

6. Supporting our Center

You can support our Center by:

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Bhairav  Shah

(Secretary, JSCNC)